ERC NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

ERC | RD3 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE 2021

Having first hosted a round of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017, Rally di Roma Capitale returned for its fifth edition and to host the third round of the 2021 ERC. 14 Asphalt stages covering 190km faced the crews, with last years winner and defending ERC champ Alexey Lukyanuk first on the road in his Citroen C3 Rally 2 car. Nickolay Gryazin would lay down the fastest time in his VW Polo GTi R5 on the short 4km Shakedown test stage on the Friday morning. The crews then headed…

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NEWS & FEATURES RALLYCROSS World RX 

WORLD RX | RD1 CATALUNYA 2021

The opening round of the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship was dominated by the Swedes at the Circuit de Barcelona, in Catalunya. On the opening day reigning World RX Champ Johan Kristoffersson was the fastest man out on track, but he was not the overnight leader. In the first qualifying session of the year, his team KYB EKS JC Raceteknik seemly made a technical error in not connecting the FIA data logger on his Audi S1; this earned the three times World RX Champ disqualification from the session and handed…

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NEWS & FEATURES RALLYCROSS World RX 

WORLD RX | RD1 – CATALUNYA 2021 | DAY 1

The FIA World Rallycross Championships has returned under its new promoter, Rallycross Promoter GmbH (Red Bull) for the opening round of the 2021 season. A few things have changed since the previous promoter IMG stepped away from the series, some changes of which will divide opinion amongst the fans and some which will have to be given the benefit of doubt. An all-new lineup of presenters and commentary team has been formed (except for the retaining of Neil Cole), with some familiar and well-known names to cover the action on…

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NEWS & FEATURES RALLY WRC 

WRC | RD7 RALLY ESTONIA 2021

The FIA World Rally Championships returned to Estonia for Round 7 of the 2021 season. Estonias second edition of hosting a World Rally not only brought with it the familiar fast gravel roads with extreme jumps that were experienced last year, but this time around a few technical sections were also thrown in for good measure to. Photo: Hyundai Motorsport WRT A total of 314km spread over 24 special stages awaited the competitors in front of a mass of Estonian Rally fans who had flocked to the stages in the…

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BTRDA NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

BTRDA | RD1 – NICKY GRIST STAGES 2021

Some 17 months had passed since the last BTRDA Rally event, the Malcolm Wilson Rally way back in March 2020. But finally, the long wait for the return of one of the UK’s most popular Rally series and the return of Welsh Rallying happened with The Nicky Grist Stages. Sponsored by the man himself (Nicky Grist) and organised by the experienced Quinton Motor Club, the 2021 edition of the Nicky Grist Stages featured 8 stages (2 loops of 4 stages repeated) covering 44 stage miles on some of the World-Class…

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BRC RALLY 

BRC | RD2 NICKY GRIST STAGES 2021

The second round of the 2021 British Rally Championship brought with it not only the return to gravel but the long-awaited return for Welsh Rallying. Organised by the very capable Quinton Motorclub, The Nicky Grist Stages offered up a 44-mile gravel rally spread over 8 very popular stages (2 loops of 4 repeated stages) in and around the Epynt Military ranges close to Builth Wells where the rally was based. Following on from the opening round of the BRC, The Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park; the battle between a…

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ERC NEWS & FEATURES RALLY 

ERC | RD2 – Rally Liepāja 2021

The next stop on the FIA European Rally Championship calendar was Latvia for Rally Liepāja, Round 2 of the 2021 season. For an event that started out as a Winter rally back in 2013 but then made the switch to the autumn for a gravel rally in 2016; this year it received its largest entry to date, with some 89 crews entered. Photos: FIA ERC & Lukyanuk Social Channels 12 stages were originally planned to cover 183km but this was reduced to just 10. Poland’s Mikołaj Marczyk set the benchmark…

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BTCC NEWS & FEATURES RACE 

BTCC | RDS 7/8/9 | BRANDS HATCH

The BTCC descended upon the indy circuit at Brands Hatch for the third meeting of the season and rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the championship. The weather on race day was in stark contrast to the heatwave the drivers experienced at Snetterton, and were met with changeable conditions and a mostly overcast day. Photo: Brands Hatch The qualifying session saw a front row lockout for the Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civics, Daniel Rowbottom securing his first pole position with his teammate and three-time title winner Gordon Shedden alongside…

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NEWS & FEATURES RALLY WRC 

WRC | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021

The final day of the Safari Rally Kenya began with further drama in the form of heartbreak for the overnight rally leader, Thierry Neuville. Having shown to be the pacesetter for much of the rally; on the opening test of the final day, once again it was game over for a rally leading Hyundai car. Photo: WRC.com Entering the final day with a significant 57 second lead over Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta; all the Belgian had to do was survive the remaining 5 stages which covered just 48km. Sadly for Neuville,…

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WRC | RD 6 – SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021 | LEG 2

The second full day of the Safari Rally Kenya, for the majority of, produced far less drama compared to that of the previous action-packed day. With 132km spread over a further 6 stages on the tracks further north around Lake Elmenteita; what promised to be a much tougher day, was instead far more conservative.  Photo: NEP Finland Whilst the world on social media was banging on about Zebra Crossings, overnight rally leader Thierry Neuville set about extending his lead by 10 seconds over Takamoto Katsuta on the morning’s loop of…

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